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Nurmala Boru Purba, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“First we fought to regain our traditionally-owned land that Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took and planted for its plantation. At the time we faced much opposition and intimidation from TPL. They tried to stop us by carrying weapons and involving army and police officials. But we were not scared because we believed that we were fighting for something that is truly our right.”


In 2005, the Indigenous community of Aek Lung mounted a resistance movement to reclaim their land from pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL). Community members began planting their own crops on their land after company plantations were harvested to provide for their livelihoods and feed their families.

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